Fraudster stole £9,000 at Leeds pub

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A CAREER fraudster who stole £9,000 from the pub where he worked has been sent to prison.

Andrew Walker, 31, was given a 23-month sentence after pleading guilty to a series of offences which included one of fraud at the Wellington Inn, Wetherby Road, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Walker used his supervisor’s pass without authority to gain access to an electronic payment device on May 28 last year.

He then processed two refunds totalling £9,000 which he directed into his own bank account. The offence was uncovered a month later after an audit took place at the pub.

CCTV footage showed Walker using the machine at the time the offence was committed.

Niall Carlin said Walker also advertised his flat on Intake Road, Pudsey, to let without the permission of his landlord.

Walker took £400 from a prospective tenant which was not returned.

On another occasion he made off without paying after filling his car up at a petrol station.

He also stole a digital camera from his neighbour’s van. Walker pleaded guilty to three offences of fraud and one of theft.

The court heard he has 32 previous convictions for committing 175 offences.

Many are for fraud, theft and other deception offences and he has served a number of prison sentences.

Rukshanda Hussain, mitigating, said Walker had been committing offences since his parents told him to leave home at the age of 16.

She said Walker had written to the court expressing his desire to stop offending.

Recorder Peter Babb told Walker: “At the age of 16 you were turfed out by your parents. But you are going to have to get over it.

“It was almost half your life time ago and you just can’t continue like this I’m afraid.”

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